Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fantasy Baseball Cards from Game 4


Even with the loss nothing can stop the fantasy baseball card machine. Featured here are some fantasy cards featuring pics from Game 4 from 'round the 'net.

2017 Topps Now - #789 & #790 - Turner and Bellinger Hit Bombs


Although the Dodgers lost Game 4, there certainly were some great performances at the plate to warrant several 2017 Topps Now cards. Featured here are two online exclusive cards made available today that focus on the homers by Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger. The first card shown shows Cody Bellinger. Go here to check it out and order. It says the following on the reverse:
Cody Bellinger accounted for the Los Angeles Dodgers only run off Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta when he hit a line-drive home run to right field with one out in the third inning. With his third inning home run, Bellinger became the youngest hitter to homer in a League Championship Series since Miguel Cabrera in 2003.

2017 Topps Heritage Minor League - All the Dodgers Cards

Even as the season comes to close, the Baseball card hobby doesn't stop. In fact, this Fall is proving to be one of the busiest. This week alone Topps has released three card sets to keep collectors busy, and next week three more are scheduled to hit the public.

The first set I'll make note of is the 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League brand. It focuses on prospects and soon-to-be Major Leaguers on the vintage 1968 Topps Baseball card design. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are eleven Dodger youngsters in the 220 card base set (including a card for the recently traded Willie Calhoun). Additionally, three Dodgers are also a part of the league leaders subset. Check out all of the Dodger cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League below.

Base

#5 Andrew Sopko                #36 Yusniel Diaz

#45 Will Smith             #87 Alex Verdugo

Blog Kiosk: 10/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


That sure was one heck of a game. Both teams battles and clawed, and unfortunately, we didn't come out on top. But rest assured, we are not in for a slide. The Dodgers, once again, made defeating them difficult. They collectively earned eight walks to rattle the Cubs cages, and forced them to go to the bullpen -- even using their closer to get the final six outs with 48 pitches. Overall, nine runners were left on base, while three were in scoring position. Ultimately, that's the story of the evening. The Dodgers had their rallies, but they were unable to get that one last hit to either tie or win the game. They came close, but came up just shy. Per Bradford Doolittle at ESPN:
"We were one pitch away from tying the game or taking the lead," Bellinger said. "That's just how it goes down sometimes."
I guess this is where I should repeat that old adage, "you can't win them all." Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Dodger Christmas Card and a Letter to a Fan at BST Auctions

With the Baseball world's attention focused on the playoffs, I thought it would be a nice little respite before the start of this evenings Game 4 to point to an auction currently ongoing. Shown here are a couple of Dodgers related items that jumped out at me in BST's current auction.


Since the holidays are just around the corner I though the above 1955 Dodgers Christmas card would be fun to point out. (Auction Link) As you know, this year was the franchises first championship, so naturally their Christmas card had to reflect that. Above is both the front and back of the card. Below is a team photograph that was placed inside. As you can see, it reads on the reverse:

Ned Colletti Took Some Time This Morning for a Reddit AMA


When you're a part of a club that prides itself on newfangled ideas about how to play the game, it makes sense that you'd go to the world's best viral website -- Reddit. This morning former Dodgers GM and current Senior Advisor Ned Colletti jumped on to popular website to participate in a AMA (Ask Me Anything). Go here to see the entire interaction.

Below are some choice outtakes. The first being about Justin Turner.